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Did You Know...

... that all R2G members now have higher goals than USPA double-gold?

USPA Intermediate Class awards in 2015
posted Jan 26th, 2021 - The story of consecutive USPA double-gold in Intermediate (AA) and Advanced (AAA) Class competition is still not over yet. The NSL News research resulted in a total of nine 4-way competitors (plus videographers James Sides and Adam Elkin) who have accomplished this special achievement in the history of USPA Nationals.

James "Bu" Klinge and Jim Walker were the first double-gold winners, both with Juggernaut in 2002, then with Spaceland Inferno the following year. Andrew Happick, Doug Barron, Joey Coffineau, Ben Worrall and videographer James Sides did the same with their complete lineup and different team names in 2009 (VTSD) and 2010 (Carolina Turbo XP).

Andrew Happick and Doug Barron followed up a decade later with the unique triple-gold, when they won the 4-way Open Class gold medals with SDC Rhythm XP at the USPA Nationals 2019.

In the meantime, Skydive Midwest NEXT won the USPA Intermediate Class in 2015, and three team members (Megan George, Matt Congdon, Chris Haslam) were back with team videographer Adam Elkin a year later to win the Advanced Class gold medals in 2016.


USPA Nationals 2015
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Intermediate 22,K,F B,11,21 D,Q,H,13 8,1 P,15,J L,O,N,C 20,4 19,2 18,14 6,7 M,E,A,G Total Avg
1 SDMW Next XP 13 14 15 12 15 21 12 12 9 15 - 138 13.8
2 Ragnarok 14 12 15 11 15 17 12 12 11 14 - 133 13.3
3 Air Force Allegiance 13 8 12 11 12 18 10 11 9 15 23 119 11.9
4 Southern Mix 13 12 12 11 12 17 9 11 9 13 22  119 11.9
5 4Mative 13 8 14 8 13 14 9 11 9 13 - 112 11.2
6 De Orbit Burn 12 13 12 8 8 16 10 10 8 13 - 110 11.0
7 Team Speed XF 11 10 10 10 13 14 8 9 9 13 - 107 10.7
7 Shockwave 11 9 12 11 8 13 11 11 8 13 - 107 10.7
9 SDC Jetstream Tango 8 11 12 9 12 14 9 10 9 12 - 106 10.6
9 AZ Defiance 10 12 10 10 12 17 9 9 7 10 - 106 10.6
11 DeLand Flashpoint 13 9 12 9 9 16 8 10 5 13 - 104 10.4
12 Dallas Disturbance 10 11 10 8 11 15 9 8 8 12 - 102 10.2
13 Zhills TranZend 10 10 11 9 12 14 6 9 8 11 - 100 10.0
14 Dallas HOT 11 10 12 10 10 11 5 10 7 13 - 99 9.9
15 Swift FS 10 10 13 6 10 12 8 8 6 12 - 95 9.5
16 2nd Generation 9 10 9 9 12 7 9 9 7 10 - 91 9.1
17 MeXtreme 9 9 10 9 12 12 8 7 5 9 - 90 9.0
18 Exit Strategy XP 9 8 10 7 7 11 9 9 8 8 - 86 8.6
19 .38 Special 10 8 7 7 6 12 8 8 6 13 - 85 8.5
20 Holograms 4.0 9 9 10 8 7 9 6 9 6 8 - 81 8.1
20 Flight SP 9 7 9 7 8 12 7 6 7 9 - 81 8.1
22 Plug It In Anywhere 9 8 9 7 9 12 7 6 5 8 - 80 8.0
23 Rhemix 6 7 10 7 10 8 7 7 7 9 - 78 7.8
24 Spaceland Toxic 9 10 9 8 10 6 4 7 4 9 - 76 7.6
24 L4S 9 7 10 7 7 9 8 7 6 6 - 76 7.6
26 STF Vega XP 8 9 9 7 10 6 6 3 6 9 - 73 7.3
26 Platinum VE 8 9 10 6 3 6 7 6 7 11 - 73 7.3
28 4 Shades of Grey 8 5 9 6 7 6 6 8 5 8 - 68 6.8
29 Nacho Key 8 7 6 6 6 9 5 6 6 8 - 67 6.7
30 Grand Theft Otter 9 6 5 7 4 7 5 6 7 8 - 64 6.4
31 Netflix and Chill 7 7 5 7 8 8 7 3 3 8 - 63 6.3
31 Elsinore Airscrewz 7 9 7 6 6 2 7 6 6 7 - 63 6.3
33 Don't Fear the Creeper 5 7 5 5 7 8 6 6 5 3 - 57 5.7
34 Luau 5 6 4 4 5 5 4 2 2 4 - 41 4.1
35 Screaming Eagles 5 4 4 1 3 3 4 2 2 6 - 34 3.4
36 The Filthy Five 3 4 4 3 0 3 3 4 3 2 - 29 2.9

Skydive Midwest NEXT at the USPA Nationals 2015
Ranch 2nd Generation at the USPA Nationals 2015
image by: USPA/Omniskore
The SDMW NEXT double-gold in 2015/2016 was really the end of the story, and the same achievement is still open for any other teams in the future. However, there is another story that relates very much to the same topic, and it begins at the same time.

The original Ranch 2nd Generation (R2G) lineup (Brenn Richards, Christopher Kuhlmann, Joey Marshall, Dean Van Tassell, with Kamuran "Sonic" Bayrasli on camera), competed at the same event where SDMW NEXT won their first set of gold medals in the Intermediate Class. R2G finished in 16th place on the same leaderboard with a 9.1 average.

Future R2G, XPG4 and Airspeed XP8 member Jeana Billings was on the same leaderboard, as well. She finished in 4th place with player-coach and her current Airspeed XP8 team mate John D'Annunzio in the lineup.

R2G was back a year later with Michelle Karamon for Dean Van Tassell. The new lineup won the Intermediate Class competition at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2016 easily and decided to compete in the Advanced Class at the USPA Nationals the same year.


USPA Nationals 2016
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Advanced 20,D,E,22 M,9,5 12,8,7 H,L,16,15 F,A,N,J,17 G,6,3 K,B,Q,P,C 18,10,11 13,21,4 14,1,19 Total Avg
1 Skydive Midwest NEXT 16 21 12 13 26 16 31 11 14 9 169 16.9
2 Ranch 2nd Generation 13 17 13 15 20 14 24 11 13 10 150 15.0
3 AF Bachelor Party 13 19 13 15 18 14 20 11 12 12 147 14.7
4 CSC Survival Instinct 12 20 11 14 23 13 23 11 7 12 146 14.6
5 AZ Defiance 13 18 12 14 18 13 22 9 12 11 142 14.2
6 AF Obsidian 13 18 11 12 18 14 21 9 10 10 136 13.6
7 Four Horseman 11 15 13 15 19 11 19 7 13 11 134 13.4
7 CSC Swift 12 16 10 14 20 12 21 8 11 10 134 13.4
9 DeOrbit Burn 12 16 11 13 16 11 20 8 10 10 127 12.7
10 Perris Event Horizon 11 15 11 13 17 12 20 10 10 6 125 12.5
11 Fabio's Angels 11 16 10 12 16 12 15 7 10 10 119 11.9
12 Surge 11 15 9 10 16 10 17 8 9 9 114 11.4
13 Southern Mix XP 11 16 8 10 15 12 16 7 9 9 113 11.3
14 Synthesis 11 12 8 12 15 10 17 7 7 10 109 10.9
15 Perris Quattro 12 9 10 7 17 9 19 7 9 9 108 10.8
16 Perris Flight SP 10 13 9 10 11 12 18 9 8 7 107 10.7
17 Quatre Francais Invite 10 14 9 8 13 9 17 8 9 9 106 10.6
18 Perris Dauntless Five 10 14 9 11 16 9 11 8 8 8 104 10.4
19 Nimbus 11 14 8 10 15 9 14 8 4 6 99 9.9
20 Dallas Momentum 6 13 9 10 14 10 16 7 7 5 97 9.7
21 Dallas Disturbio 10 10 9 7 14 9 14 8 6 9 96 9.6
22 SDC Jetstream Tango 7 14 9 6 10 10 12 8 9 9 94 9.4
23 Elsinore Vortex 10 12 8 10 11 8 13 6 6 6 90 9.0
24 Dallas Disturbed 8 13 9 7 11 7 11 7 8 6 87 8.7
25 Deland Momentum 9 11 7 6 13 7 7 7 6 5 78 7.8

Skydive Midwest NEXT - Ranch 2nd Generation at the USPA Nationals 2016
Ranch 2nd Generation at the USPA Nationals 2017
Most likely, R2G would have won the outdoor competition in the Intermediate Class just as easily, however, Skydive Midwest NEXT was in the way in the Advanced Class competition of the USPA Nationals 2016 and was eventually the only team ahead of R2G.

The same R2G lineup was back in the Advanced Class a year later. SDMW NEXT had moved up into the 4-way Open Class, and R2G won the Advanced Class gold medals in 2017, after silver in 2016. Former NEXT member Chris Haslam then replaced Brenn Richards in the tail slot when R2G moved up into the Open Class competition, for a 5th place with 18.8 at the USPA Nationals 2018.

Jeana Billings finally replaced Chris Haslam for the last R2G season, and for a battle with Defiance for Open Class bronze medals at the USPA Nationals 2019.

Intermediate and Advanced Class gold medals were already far behind the goals of the R2G members at that time. Joey Marshall and Christopher Kuhlmann are now pursuing the U.S. and the world's 4-way top spot with Arizona Airspeed, while Michelle Karamon and Jeana Billings try to win world meet gold medals in 8-way with Airspeed XP8, and plan to bring XPG4 to the top level in 4-way Women at the same time.

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